Since voters approved the reforms, Missouri officials have unveiled draft guidelines for the state’s forthcoming adult-use cannabis market.
A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Lisa Cox, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that releasing the proposed guidelines is the first step toward launching the industry.
The state has until February 6 to approve conversion applications from existing medical cannabis operators submitted on December 8. This is in accordance with the voter-backed initiative, which mandates action within 60 days as reported in an article in Ganjapreneur.
According to Jack Cardetti, a spokesman for the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, Missouri said this “likely means that Missouri will have one of the quickest and smoothest transitions to adult-use sales in the nation.” due to the schedule.
Cox also stated that the MO would begin accepting applications for microbusiness licenses and adult personal cultivation permits by the first week of January and September 2023, respectively.
Despite many groups and elected officials calling for its defeat, voters approved Amendment 3 by a 53%-to-47% margin.
Missouri is now among 21 states that have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Maryland voters also approved legalization.
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